All-new Elements Await Attendees to the African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo

The 2017 edition of Africa’s mega construction and infrastructure expo will feature an array of all-new elements in response to the evolving African construction marketplace.

Among these will be six dedicated zones throughout the interactive indoor and outdoor exhibition, covering concrete, construction, digital construction, Mechanical Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) services, surfaces and finishes as well as tools and equipment. In addition to an expected 250 exhibitors, each zone will feature a working group advisory panel.

The Expo’s Programme Director, Soren du Preez, says: “The six zones ensure that the show truly represents the entire built environment value chain with something for everyone who visits. Furthermore, by bringing together these inextricably linked, priority industry segments under one roof, the event gives professionals working across varied sectors the opportunity to network and share knowledge.

This allows the show to broaden its value offering of promoting increased collaboration and planning during design phases of projects. The introduction of the zones is ultimately designed to enable all construction professionals and stakeholders in attendance to achieve more projects on budget and on time.”

Another augmentation to the Expo will be the Contractor’s Corner, the first-ever African outdoor workshop auditorium showcasing product demos in the field. Sponsored by AfriSam and the Small Contractors Association of South Africa, it will offer Africa’s first live-streaming masterclass for boosting the soft and hard skills of building contractors. “Suppliers to the industry have identified a skills gap amongst building contractors, particularly smaller contracting companies. As this is a non-professional segment of the construction sector, they are not required to register with an industry body and engage in continuous professional development like architects, surveyors and engineers. The Contractor’s Corner will offer them free training on using the right tools and techniques,” explains du Preez.

An additional fresh facet of this year’s event will be the interactive workshops on the Expo floor which are available at no charge. These CPD accredited sessions will comprise a variety of expert presentations addressing subjects ranging from the latest advances in precast concrete technology to a business case for builders’ rubble in construction. AfriSam, the Southern Africa Readymix Association and Go Consult will also conduct training sessions on Readymix concrete and Builders Warehouse will facilitate a series of masterclasses designed to build capacity in small to medium sized contractors.

A highlight of the 2017 show will undoubtedly be the complimentary Thought Leadership Keynote Session where the Honourable Minister of Human Settlements, Lindiwe Sisulu will be addressing delegates on creating a favourable regulatory climate for infrastructure investment in Southern Africa. This will be followed by what is sure to be a lively round table discussion.

Four co-located events will take place during the Expo – the Smart Buildings and Infrastructure Africa Summit, Women in Construction Awards, Captains of Construction and Infrastructure Leadership Forum and Digital Construction Expo.

The Summit is the only platform in Africa geared towards decision-makers and analysts from the public and private sectors involved in the design, construction and management of buildings and infrastructure assets. An innovative programme will feature and showcase key insights into emerging trends, confront pressing issues, uncover solutions, explore technologies, debate a road map for a smart future and highlight best practices.

With gender empowerment being key to unlocking the future potential of the construction industry and ultimately closing Africa’s infrastructure gap, the Women in Construction Awards allows the industry to celebrate its women pioneers and rising stars who have made a vital contribution to development. Hosted as a gala dinner in 2017, this prestigious awards ceremony promotes gender empowerment and industry transformation.

One hundred of Africa’s most competent and passionate leaders will come together at the Leadership Forum to discuss the mobilisation of finance and investment in addressing the continent’s imperative need for infrastructure and reliable service delivery. Speakers will include Mbulelo Tshangana, Director General of the Department of Human Settlements; Abram Masango, Group Executive of Group Capital at Eskom and John Tanui, CEO of the Konza Technopolis Development Authority from Kenya.

The growing demand for ‘smart’ construction in South Africa will see the Digital Construction Expo exploring innovation in digital technology and its impact on the built environment.

In addition to talks, exhibition and training, there will be over R250 000 worth of prizes up for grabs at the show for attendees.

“With extensive industry research going into the organisation of this year’s event, its exhibition and training programme, the fifth annual African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo promises to be the must-attend show for the built environment,” concludes du Preez.

The 2017 Expo is supported by over 80 association and media partners, including an endorsement from the Concrete Society of Southern Africa and has South Africa’s Department of Human Settlements as its official Government partner.

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